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Nkrumah, Nationalism, and Pan-Africanism: The Bureau of African Affairs Collection


The article describes the Bureau of African Affairs Collection. First it introduces the history of the archive by examining the crucial events that influenced its state and accessibility. Then, it describes the contents of the collection, underlying its importance for the study of Kwame Nkrumah’s domestic and foreign policies and African nationalism at a continental level. The documents included in the Bureau of African Affairs Collection provide unique insights into both Nkrumah’s foreign and domestic policies. In particular, they include invaluable information on his Pan-African policy. Moreover, the documents shed new light on the presence of African liberation movements in Ghana in the period 1957 to 1966. Thus, this Collection can attract scholars interested in both Ghanaian history as well as the history of Pan-Africanism and African nationalism at a continental level.


Cet article présente les archives du Bureau of African Affairs du Ghana. Il introduit tout d’abord l’histoire de ces archives en examinant les événements cruciaux qui ont influencé son état et accessibilité actuels. L’article se penche ensuite sur le contenu de la collection et montre son importance pour l’étude des politiques nationales et étrangères de Kwame Nkrumah et le nationalisme africain au niveau continental. Les documents inclus dans les archives du Bureau of African Affairs fournissent un point de vue unique sur les politiques nationales et étrangères de Nkrumah. En particulier, ils contiennent des informations précieuses sur sa politique panafricaine. De plus, les documents apportent une nouvelle lumière sur la présence des mouvements de libération de l’Afrique au Ghana entre 1957 et 1966. Ainsi, ces archives peuvent attirer des chercheurs intéressés à la fois par l’histoire ghanéenne mais aussi par l’histoire du panafricanisme et du nationalisme africain au niveau continental.

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Stephen Ellis , External Mission: the ANC in Exile, 1960–1990 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Scott W Thompson ., Ghana’s Foreign Policy, 1957–1966: Diplomacy, Ideology, and the New State (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1969).

Christian A Williams ., National Liberation in Post-Colonial Southern Africa: A Historical Ethnography of SWAPO’s Exile Camps (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).

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History in Africa
  • ISSN: 0361-5413
  • EISSN: 1558-2744
  • URL: /core/journals/history-in-africa
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